Does Civil Marriage Count? What are the Halakhic Implications for Non-Orthodox and Civil Ceremonies?
Nechama Goldman Barash / June 25, 2019
In this shiur we look at what defines a Jewish marriage. Is it the technical particulars of the ceremony or is it a commitment between a man and woman which is reflected in their state of being? This has direct relevance on marriages both in the Diaspora but most particularly in Israel where only religious marriage is mandated by the State.
Nechama Goldman Barash
Nechama Goldman Barash made aliyah from Philadelphia over 20 years ago after graduating from Stern College. She studied for three years in Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute and finished a master’s degree in Talmud at Bar-Ilan University. She is a graduate of Nishmat’s Yoetzet Halacha program and has been certified to teach brides before their weddings, as well as qualifying as a sex educator through Yahel and the Eden Center. She also studied for three years in Matan’s advanced halakha program, Hilkhata. She teaches contemporary halakha and Talmud at Matan and Pardes, as well as Talmud and women and halakha in Torah V’Avodah (TVA), a Bnei Akiva gap year program based in Matan. She is an active member of Beit Hillel and participates in interfaith dialogue through Roots, based in Gush Etzion, close to where she lives with her husband and four daughters.